December 16, 2017

Student Essay Contest

The Historian General and the Historic Education Committee of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas  conduct an annual Texas History Essay Contest for Fourth (4th) Grade Students and a Texas History Essay Contest for Seventh (7th) Grade Students.

 Essay Contest Winners for 2017

1. (4th) Grade Essay Winner – Lauren Mitchell, Ft. Worth Christian School, Ft. Worth; Sponsored by the Isaac Low Chapter, District III

2.  (7th) Grade Essay Winner – Summer Sandy, Eastwood Middle School, El Paso; Sponsored by the El Paso Rio Grande  Chapter,  District  I

Texas History Essay Topics for 2018

Topics of the Texas History Essays have been chosen by the DRT Historic Education Committee with input from the Historian General.  Chapters will be notified no later than thirty days after Convention.

Fourth Grade – “Stephen F. Austin, His Life and Contributions to the Republic of Texas”

Seventh Grade“Moses Austin’s Old 300, Who What, Why?”


Contest Rules

Deadline: Each sponsoring chapter sets their own deadline for receiving the submitted essays. This is usually the month before they are due to their District Representatives. This gives them time to judge the winning essays for their chapter. So, be sure to contact the chapter for their actual deadline. Then the chapters submit their winning essays to the District Representative to be judged. The District Representative must receive the winning chapter’s essays no later than March 1st.

  1. Typed essays are to be double-spaced on 8½” by 11″ paper, using “Times New Roman” font, size 12. Top and bottom page margins are to be on inch, with side margins being 1.25 inches. Essays must be submitted in English.
    • * Fourth Grade Essay – The body of the essay can be no less than 1½ pages. No word count requirements.
    • * Seventh Grade Essay – The body of the essay can be no less than 2½ pages. No word count requirements.
  2. Handwritten essays are to be double-spaced on 8½” by 11″ paper. Essays must be submitted in English.
    • * Fourth Grade Essay – Word count should be between 500 and 525 words.
    • * Seventh Grade Essay – Word count should be between 800 and 825 words.
  3. A minimum of four (4) references are needed – no more than 2 may be Internet references. Research references should be listed on a separate page, but not counted as part of the essay length.
  4. Cover page should include:
    • * Name of student and state whether Fourth or Seventh grade
    • * Name of school, address, and city
    • * Title of the essay
    • * The Daughters of The Republic of Texas
    • * Name of sponsoring DRT Chapter and city
    • * Chapter Contact Person and telephone number
The winner will receive a $500 award and will be invited to attend DRT Convention. DRT is not responsible for expenses incurred by the student to attend the Convention. However, the student and up to two guests will be guests of DRT at the Historical Evening dinner.

For more information or to locate and contact a DRT Chapter nearest you, please click here. Or you may e-mail the Historian General at

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